People / LinerGame expands with agency appointments in France and Singapore

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 10/04/2015 A new type of training initiative for the container shipping line industry has broadened its reach with the appointment of new sales agents in France and Singapore.LinerGame was developed last year by former Maersk executive and SeaIntel founder Lars Jensen, along with shipping academics Nicolas Guilbert and Niels Rytter, and is “a table-top simulation game using container vessels made from LEGO bricks” that trains industry newcomers “as well as advanced simulation of shipping processes for experienced liner executives”.Chalmers University in Gothenburg recently adopted it as part of its curriculum in Shipping and Marine Technology, and the company is in discussion to see it adopted in other educational establishments.As part of that expansion it has appointed Charles Moret in France and Singapore-based, and some time Loadstar contributor, Andy Lane.“The expansion will allow LinerGame to more easily establish local training and teambuilding sessions for both small and large shipping companies outside of Denmark, and we are planning to establish additional agencies going forward,” Mr Jensen said.last_img read more

Comcast Community Champion of the Year 2019 nominations are open

first_imgEditor’s note: This is a letter by Matt Lederer, Vice President for Brand PartnershipsWe created the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award at the start of our NASCAR partnership to recognize and honor the incredible individuals in this industry giving back to communities in remarkable ways. As I reflect on the four Comcast Community Champions, and the countless stories we’ve uncovered, I am so proud to say this program has far exceeded all expectations. The ongoing commitment to giving back within the NASCAR industry continues to inspire us, and we’re greatly looking forward to what is to come in 2019.The nomination window is now officially open for you to recognize someone within the industry who is working hard to make a difference in the community. Over the next few months, our Xfinity Racing team will be working closely with you to continue education and encourage participation during the nomination process.Please take the time to nominate deserving candidates, and learn additional details about the award, by visiting ComcastCommunityChampion.com.The nomination deadline is Monday, July 8. Eligible award recipients include team owners, drivers, all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series team employees, employees of tracks on the 2019 schedule for NASCAR’s top three national series, NASCAR officials and motorsports media members. In October, we will announce the three finalists; the champion, determined by a selection panel, will be announced during NASCAR Championship Weekend in Miami and recognized at the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Awards Ceremony. Comcast will make a donation of $60,000 to the charity of the 2019 Comcast Community Champion, and a donation of $30,000 each to the two remaining finalists’ respective charities.RELATED: Nominate someone todaySince the Comcast Community Champion of the Year program kicked off in 2015, we have donated a total of $480,000 to causes of inspirational individuals in the NASCAR industry who are truly living Comcast’s core values. From work with the Iowa Donor Network to hosting camps for children with heart disease to the incredible working being done by our 2018 Champion, Joey Logano, we have been able to shine a much-deserved spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their lives to making a difference beyond the track.Thank you in advance for your help in identifying deserving individuals to be the next Comcast Community Champion.last_img read more

Brandy Norwood Returns Her Jazzy Roxie Hart to Broadway Hit Chicago

first_img Related Shows Grammy winner Brandy Norwood returns to Broadway’s Chicago for a special 17-performance engagement as Roxie Hart beginning on August 17! She continues in the role through August 31 at the Ambassador Theatre.Norwood first played the role on Broadway in a four-month extended engagement in 2015. She went on to reprise her performance in Los Angeles and Washington D.C., receiving acclaim on the Chicago national tour.Singer, songwriter and actress Norwood has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. She first won fans with her multi-platinum self-titled debut album featuring the hit single “I Wanna Be Down.” Her record “The Boy Is Mine” was the best-selling song in the U.S. upon release and spent 13 weeks on the top of the hot 100. It also won a 1998 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. As an actress, Brandy has starred in her own sitcom, Moesha, and made history in Disney’s television film Cinderella as its first black princess, starring alongside Whitney Houston.The current Broadway cast of Chicago also features Lana Gordon as Velma, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn.Look back at our Ask a Star with the adorable and hilarious Norwood! View Comments Chicago from $49.50last_img read more

City of Burlington advances Act 250 permit amendment over public’s control of Waterfront Park

first_imgMayor Miro Weinberger today highlighted the City of Burlingtons efforts to enhance the publics use and control of Waterfront Park through amendments to its Act 250 permit filed by the Citys Parks and Recreation Department.  The Citys efforts to protect public event opportunities at Waterfront Park continued yesterday morning when the City appeared at a prehearing conference before the District 4 Environmental Commission of the Vermont Natural Resources Board.  The District Commission heard requests for party status from residents who live near Waterfront Park, as well as from several organizations that sponsor events at Waterfront Park.    I take very seriously the importance of defending the publics use of Waterfront Park against those who would seek to impose greater limitations on the peoples most important park, said Weinberger.  Our amendment is about who should decide the details about when and how Waterfront Park is used.  My position is that the people of Burlington should decide who uses the park, as well as when and how they use it the City is seeking to return control to the people of Burlington.  Burlington’s waterfront is the people’s waterfront, the people’s front yard, said Bryan Aubin, Ward 4 City Councilor and member of the City Council Parks, Arts, and Culture Committee.  It is important that the people of Burlington have the right to control the opportunities of this great space for the betterment of all residents.  This amendment will allow the City to do just that.Other Waterfront Park stakeholders, including the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, Local Motion, and RunVermont, are supporting the Act 250 permit amendment.Ensuring the vibrancy and active use of the Burlington waterfront and Lake Champlain is a high priority, said Kate Neubauer, Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.  For over 18 years, the City of Burlington has been a key partner of the Community Sailing Center.  We look forward to continuing our work with the City, local organizations, and our community members to improve the access and enjoyment of this signature resource.We Burlington residents have invested significant time and money over the last two decades to make the waterfront the front porch of our community, said Chapin Spencer, Executive Director of Local Motion.  Its become a wonderful place where we can all come together to celebrate, recreate, and access Lake Champlain.  As Local Motion and many others continue to partner with the City to make the waterfront even better, it makes sense to have our City, not Montpelier, control the future of our most prized area.   RunVermont is eager to participate with our City partners, including City Hall, Burlington businesses, and Burlington residents, in an updated process that will recognize the changing conditions and demands on one of the Citys most prized assets, Waterfront Park, said Peter Delaney, Executive Director of RunVermont.  The revitalization of a process that was developed almost two decades ago is long overdue and should reflect the concerns of today, as well as project the demands into the future.  We look forward to a collaborative process that will allow everyone involved to create a vibrant, active environment to be enjoyed by all.     Both Spencer and Delaney attended Tuesdays preconference hearing on behalf of Local Motion and RunVermont, respectively. The idea of amending the Waterfront Park Act 250 permit has deep roots. In April 2000, the Burlington City Council authorized the Parks and Recreation Department to seek an amendment to the Act 250 permit removing conditions that unduly restrict the use of Waterfront Park for public events.  (Please see attached Resolution Relating to Exception from Rules for Waterfront Park, adopted by City Council on April 24, 2000.) Our goal is to clean up and modernize an old permit, to bring control back to the people of Burlington, said Jesse Bridges, Director of the Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation.  The outdated conditions contained in the existing Act 250 permit stem from the Parks and Recreation Commission having adopted them in 1993.  Under Act 250, these antiquated conditions may only be modified by the Act 250 District Commission.  Circumstances and opportunities have changed since our original permit was approved, continued Bridges.  Waterfront Park has become an incredibly successful venue for all types of events from athletic competitions and concerts to activities for our children and non-profit fundraising events.  Theres been something for everyone in our community, and the people of Burlington are looking more and more for these types of events and activities that bring our community together.  The City intends to continue to regulate events at Waterfront Park to ensure safety and the neighborhoods quality of life, but the City seeks to have those regulatory decisions reside with the people of Burlington.                          Through its permit amendment application, the City of Burlington seeks to enhance local control of Waterfront Park by putting decision-making approval of when and how the park is used in the hands of the City instead of the District Environmental Commission appointed by the governor.  To read Burlingtons application, please visit: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/ANR/ACT250/Act250.aspx(link is external) and enter 4C0863-4. The City will continue to maintain an active Waterfront Advisory Event Selection Committee made up of neighbors, event producers, business owners, and City staff including Fire and Police.  The committee serves as the backbone for public engagement and oversight on waterfront park events.   We are a service-oriented department that relies on feedback and communication from the public to move forward, added Bridges. In partnership with the Advisory Event Selection Committee, the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department is seeking to responsibly manage our own park.  This active and engaged group provides the infrastructure to hear and respond to issues, as well as to gauge support and needs for upcoming events.  As a representative group of citizens, it will serve as our able partner in managing the park into the future. The City of Burlingtons Waterfront Park management structure and public input opportunities are as follows: ·         Waterfront Park is managed by the City of Burlington Parks and Recreation Department with oversight by the Parks and Recreation Commission.·         The Mayor of Burlington appoints the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, and the appointment is confirmed by the City Council.·         The City Council appoints five Parks and Recreation Commissioners, who hear from the public and advise the Department on all Parks and Recreation matters including the use and management of Waterfront Park.  The Commission meets on the third Tuesday of every month at the Parks and Recreation offices at 645 Pine Street. Meetings begin at 5:00 PM with a public forum held at 5:30 PM.  Any City resident is eligible to seek a Commission appointment.·         The Waterfront Advisory Event Selection Committee is assembled by the Parks Department with oversight provided by the Parks Commission with representation from various constituent groups, including the adjoining neighbors.  The committee advises the department and City on issues related to waterfront events, reviewing both the upcoming and past seasons schedules.  They currently meet twice per year with public forum opportunities at all meetings. I welcome and encourage anyone interested in how Waterfront Park is used and managed to take advantage of the opportunities for public input and involvement at the local level, added Weinberger.  Upon approval of the Citys amendment application, I will seek City Council action establishing guidelines for the membership and protocols of the Waterfront Advisory Event Selection Committee.Source: Mayor’s office. 12.19.2012last_img read more

Legal aid cuts spark child abduction fears

first_imgLeading family solicitors have warned that withdrawing legal aid for private law family cases could lead desperate parents to abduct their children. Lawyers also predicted that the government’s reforms would prompt people to make false allegations of domestic violence in order to obtain legal aid. The government’s legal aid green paper, published last November, proposed that family disputes should be resolved by mediation rather than through the courts, unless domestic violence is alleged. The government’s own impact assessment of the changes acknowledged that the reforms may lead to ‘less fair’ outcomes and ‘increased criminality’ where family disputes escalate, or people use unlawful means to resolve problems. Jenny Beck, solicitor and co-chair of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, said the changes would leave people who cannot afford to pay for their own legal representation with no proper access to justice. She said: ‘Parents unable to get contact with their children or to agree residence issues may feel forced to abduct them, while those anxious that their children may be removed from the jurisdiction may prevent contact. ‘Equally, parents whose children have not been returned after contact visits will be denied the facilities to get their children back.’ She said: ‘The idea that these sorts of issues can be resolved by mediation is naive to the point of [being] ridiculous.’ Beck added that the reforms would also have a wider impact. She said: ‘They will result in a complete breakdown in family relationships. Without the safety net of legal recourse, people will be less inclined to allow contact, and parents, mostly fathers, will needlessly lose all contact with their children.’ Christina Blacklaws, Law Society council member for child care, said she also believed that the reforms may lead parents to abduct their children. She said: ‘These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. There will be people on low income with no ability to get legal advice when they are at their most desperate. At the moment lawyers can counsel people out of taking such desperate measures, but that will be removed.’ Law Society president Linda Lee commented: ‘There is a risk that a frustrated parent who can’t see their child, and can’t afford access to the court, will feel the only option open to them is to take the law into their own hands.’ She also voiced concern that granting legal aid only to the victims of domestic violence and not the perpetrator will inadvertently add to the trauma felt by victims, who could face the prospect of being cross-examined by their abuser, who may have no lawyer. Stephen Cobb QC, chair of the Family Law Bar Association, added that the prospect of being questioned by their abuser in court may deter many victims from pursuing court action. He also warned that the reforms will motivate parties to make false accusations of domestic violence as the only means of obtaining legal aid funding.last_img read more

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia resume Nile Dam talks

first_imgEgypt, Sudan and Ethiopia launch studies on impact of grand Nile dam Talks in Egypt Over Ethiopia Dam The construction of the mega-dam has stalled for over a year following a dispute between the countries.Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have resumed talks over the $4 billion dam Addis Ababa is building on its share of River Nile.The project has stalled for over a year following a dispute between the countries.The three countries’ irrigation ministers on Sunday met in Cairo to resume negotiations regarding the dam.Cairo has long expressed fears that building the dam will threaten water supplies that have fed Egypt’s agriculture and economy for thousands of years.Ethiopia on the other hand hopes the dam will help make it Africa’s biggest power exporter, and has allayed fears that the dam will threaten Egypt’s water supply.Sunday’s meeting came “after a halt of about a year and three months, a period exceeding what was planned”, state news agency MENA cited Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry as saying.In December 2017, Egypt sought help from the United Nations in the resolving of the row with Ethiopia.Leaders from Both Egypt and Ethiopia have in the past expressed confidence that a mutual agreement will be struck soon.Relatedcenter_img Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan discuss Nile dam issue in Khartoumlast_img read more

AfDB president Adesina fights back against corruption accusations

first_imgAfrican Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina speaks during an interview with Reuters in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania August 17, 2019. Picture taken August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Herman FILE PHOTO: African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina speaks during a past event. (Photo credit PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina pledged to continue working as he fought back against allegations of corruption and favouritism leveled against him.Anonymous whistleblowers had accused Adesina of embezzlement, preferential treatment of Nigerians in senior appointments and promoting people accused or found guilty of fraud and corruption.Adesina issued a press statement on Wednesday in which he strongly criticised what he termed “unprecedented attempts” to taint his reputation with accusations which have shaken the institution.“I maintain my innocence with regard to trumped up allegations that unjustly seek to impugn my honour and integrity, as well as the reputation of the African Development Bank,” Adesina said.“I am confident that fair, transparent and just processes that respect the rules, procedures and governance systems of the Bank, and rule of law, will ultimately prove that I have not violated the Code of Ethics of this extraordinary institution.”Adesina’s response comes after the US Treasury Department wrote a letter urging the AfDB to carry out an independent investigation into the alleged ethics breaches by Adesina.However, an internal inquiry by the Bank’s Ethics Committee cleared Adesina of all charges prompting whistle-blowers to demand an independent inquiry after their complaint did not appear to gain momentum.Mnuchin said that a complete dismissal of allegations against Adesina without adequate investigation would taint the AfDB’s reputation at a critical point in time. He added that further inquiry was necessary to ensure the AfDB’s President had “broad support, confidence, and a clear mandate” from shareholders.The 60-year-old has previously denied the allegations labeling them as an attempt to discredit him from seeking another term at the helm of Africa’s largest multilateral lender.Adesina, formerly Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, was elected as the 8th President of the AfDB in 2015. He is the sole candidate in this year’s race at an annual general meeting scheduled for August.The United States is the second largest shareholder of the AfDB with a 6.5 percent stake behind Nigeria, Adesina’s home country, which has a nine percent stake.Related AfDB President Adesina set to visit Ghana to strengthen cooperation President Kabila files anti-corruption case against officialscenter_img Nigeria President warns Cabinet against corruptionlast_img read more

Armed Robbery at Dollar General, Suspect Wanted

first_imgOthers arrested on unrelated charges:Kaitlyn Brooke Price, DOB 02/10/1993, 2nd Degree Trespassing at the Dollar General On February 9, 2015 at approximately 1120 hours, the Jackson County Dispatch center received a call regarding an armed robbery at the Dollar General Store on Highway 441N.  Deputies arrived on scene and within a few minutes and close to the scene, took three females into custody on unrelated charges but were in the vehicle that was used to flee the armed robbery location.  A fourth person, identified as Stephen Russell Dean McCoy of Cherokee has not been arrested at this time. McCoy was armed with a knife and is currently being sought by law enforcement for charges related to this robbery.Stephen Russell Dean McCoy, DOB 02/12/1987WANTED: Charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon Natasha Leigh Swayney, DOB, 06/06/1984, Driving while license revoked; Fictitious information to officer; Possess Drug ParaphernaliaJosie Michelle Owl, DOB 01/30/1985, Resisting a Public Officerlast_img read more

Youth of today have a responsibility in shaping our future

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 3 October 2013 – As the One Young World Summit, the world’s largest youth forum, enters its second day, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola will participate in a panel discussion on Sustainable Development, later in the day.  Mr Matola is one of the counsellors to the Summit and also participated in the opening ceremony on Wednesday night.Reflecting on the significance of the One Young World Summit, Mr Matola said, “The young leaders we are seeing coming to the fore are the ones who will drive this country’s developmental agenda. They are the ones who will sustain our democracy and ensure that a mirror is always held up to the leadership of our nation.”“The vibrancy, vitality and positive spirit of young people will be critical as South Africa moves towards implementing the National Development Plan, or Vision 2030.  It is also very exciting that South Africa is preparing to celebrate 20 years of democracy in 2014.  This will coincide with the country’s 5th democratic elections.  Young people are urged to participate in safeguarding and strengthening our democracy by voting in these elections,” Mr Matola concluded.As part of its support to the young people of this country, Brand South Africa has sponsored five young people to attend the Summit, namely, Zanele Mabaso, Luvuyo Mandela, Raelene Rorke, Thembi Graham and Aslam Levy.The Brand South Africa delegates will join the approximately 1500 young people from over 180 countries in deliberating on the issues of education, global business, human rights, leadership and government, sustainable development and youth unemployment.  These discussions have particular relevance for the world at large since the Millennium Development Goals, adopted by the world’s leaders in 2000 must be achieved by 2015.  These goals have at their heart the issues of education, health and sustainability.The youth who will become the leaders of tomorrow will have a great responsibility in ensuring that the peoples of this world live in a world that is better than today.  The deliberations that will shape this future are therefore very significant.Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, delivering the opening address at the Summit at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday evening reiterated this message saying, “There are no limits to what you can achieve. You are the smartest generation that we’ve ever had.  Through this summit, we have the opportunity to showcase Africa’s greatest resource – you the young people. Together with your One Young World colleagues from around the world, you embody the talent and energy that has driven change, evolution and creativity around the world.“You are after all the first generation that can genuinely call yourselves citizens of the world. You inhabit a planet where – far more than any previous time – our futures and fortunes are closely connected. You know more about your counterparts in other parts of the world, than ever before. The technology you use to communicate and share information allows you to bridge frontiers. National borders no longer contain you. You have wider horizons,” Mr Annan told the young leaders.Brand South Africa to host a One Young World Breakout SessionAs part of Brand South Africa’s support of the One Young World Summit and the development of youth as leaders of the future, Brand South Africa will on Friday, 4 October 2013, host a breakout session of the One Young World Summit.The session will be held under the banner of Youth’s Role in Long-Term Planning and will focus on South Africa’s National Development Plan. It will include an information-sharing platform, on best practice models from the delegates’ countries.Media are invited to attend this session as follows:Date        Friday, 4 October 2013Time       14h00 to 18h00 (the formal session will be followed by a dinner networking session)Venue    The Open, Maboneng Precinct, 4th floor, Mainchange20 Kruger Street,City and SuburbanJohannesburgGPS co-ordinates: 26°12’16.2″ S; 28°3’33.3″ ERSVP       Nadia Samie-Jacobs on 072 777 9399 or email [email protected] Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Order Dinner Without Leaving Facebook

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web Now it’s easier than ever to nosh while you’re posting a status update. Ordr.in, a Google Ventures-backed startup, offers a Facebook app that turns ordering food for delivery into a social experience.“Food is inherently social,” David Bloom, CEO of the five-employee New York City shop, said in an interview. “It lends itself well to Facebook.”At its heart, Ordr.in is an API for building social food delivery services. Restaurants share their menus with Ordr.in and pay a commission every time they receive an order through the application. The app can sit on a restaurant’s fan page or website and, as its tagline suggests, “turn fans into customers.” That has been a big criticism of Facebook by companies that have set up brand pages but haven’t managed to monetize them.When a person orders using Ordr.in, the app pushes the order to their Timeline, presumably prompting friends to say “You know, sushi sounds good.” The app lets users choose the verbs “Crave” and “Eat” to supplement their feelings about a particular eatery beyond the usual “Like.” The menu choices are slim, for now – there are, for example, no restaurants listed in Boston – and even Bloom says his firm has some distance to go before it perfects the model.“We like it, but we’re definitely not satisfied with it,” Bloom said. “With Facebook today, you don’t know what is going to work. You can’t just take an offline shopping experience and fit it into Facebook. Small companies like ours are nimble and able to adapt. We’re going to figure it out.”The restaurant industry has traditionally been behind the curve in adopting new technologies. That may be changing: At the recent National Restaurant Association convention in Chicago, a four-day survey of the 59,000 attendees indicated social media the third most important issue for restauranteurs.“The stereotype of restaurants as technologicals laggard is often true,” Bloom said, “in large part because the day-to-day activities of the business are not conducted on a computer screen. They know this is important, and they’re getting smarter about technology. I think we’re going to see a lot of catching up over the next few years.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification dave copeland A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more